Yarmuth says effort to unseat McConnell could be national marquee battle next year

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    (Roll Call) Kentucky Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth said Friday his two top picks to challenge Mitch McConnell in 2020 are Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot whose unsuccessful House race last year caught national attention, and sports radio talk show host Matt Jones.

    Yarmuth admitted, however, that either candidate would face long odds in the Bluegrass State.

    “I think Amy’s probably the first target of the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee]. They’ve talked to her. I’ve talked to her. She is totally dedicated to public service and if she runs, it’ll be the Beto O’Rourke-Ted Cruz race of 2020 because the nation will be closely focused on that,” he said during a C-SPAN “Newsmakers” interview.

    Yarmuth said McConnell, the Senate majority leader who was first elected to the chamber in 1984, is “very, very unpopular throughout Kentucky,” but President Donald Trump, who will be at the top of the ticket next year, “is very, very popular.”

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    Any Kentuckians here? I have no knowledge of either of the potential Turtle challengers mentioned.

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    They couldn’t possibly be any worse than the candidate they ran in 2014, who was actually to the RIGHT of the Turtle on guns & coal. Still think they missed an opportunity there by letting Team DLC force Ashley Judd out of the race.

    Have no idea what sort of Senator Ashley would have been. But she wouldn’t have been Bitch McTurtle, and that’s a good start.

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    Kentuckian here – I agree with Yarmuth.  Either one of them (anyone) would be better than McConnell but it would shock me if he loses.  No one actually seems to like McConnell but they like the fact that he has power and a lot of people just dislike democrats in general.  I’ve heard people say that he can “get things done for Kentucky” – nevermind that he never does and is rarely seen here outside of election season.

    Amy McGrath is not a long-time politician but she aligns with establishment democrats.  I can just about guarantee that the state party will throw their support behind her before any primary voters get to weigh in.  She will not do great things but I would be downright giddy to hear the news if she wins this election.  She is probably not known statewide – she ran for representative in the district I live in so she is known here but probably not so much in other districts.  Much like Beto O’Rourke, I wouldn’t want her as president but I will happily support her in trying to get rid of Mitch McConnell.

    I don’t know much about Matt Jones.  He is a sports radio host and I’m not into sports.  But a lot of Kentuckians live and breath basketball so I guess that could be something that would help him out.  I’ll be interested to learn more about him but unless he just gets off to a phenomenal start I don’t think there’s much hope for him since dems like to pick the winners and losers without input from the voters.

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    Here is interview with Samantha Bee: Kentucky Wants to Break Up With Mitch who is also a 300 year old reptile munching lettuce in a field. Now knowing he is 300 years old explains why nothing gets done.

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